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Seven’s chequebook journalism

Newspapers rarely engage in chequebook journalism but Channel 7 has had the chequebook out all week.

Schapelle Corby could receive between $1.3m and $3m for her interview.

Convicted murderer Simon Gittany’s girlfriend, Rachelle Louise paid up to $150,000.

Read the full article from Rick Feneley of the  SMH – Schapelle Corby, Rachelle Louise, the Harnum family: Seven’s grubby week of chequebook journalism

More Grammar and Grammatically Speaking Posts

The link I posted to the Grammatically Speaking Quiz has received so many hits I thought I’d share some more of the grammar related posts on this site.

The Oatmeal has great comics and also an excellent advice and rules on grammar.

There are also some great books and as always Google for sites like this and others for more advice on grammatically speaking.

Grammar is important in email too.

Use full stops. Period.

I never liked hooptedoodle

Elmore_LeonardElmore Leonard, crime writer and novelist died on Tuesday, age 87.

He wrote a great article in 2001 for The New York Times

WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle

Below is a summary of his 10 rules – Full article at The New York Times

  1. Never open a book with weather.
  2. Avoid prologues.
  3. Never use a verb other than ”said” to carry dialogue.
  4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb ”said” . . .
  5. Keep your exclamation points under control.
  6. Never use the words ”suddenly” or ”all hell broke loose.”
  7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
  8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
  9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
  10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. 

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.